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Plum School Board Member Has Resigned After Posting Anti-Muslim Message On Social Media

A Plum school board member has resigned after posting what some considered to be an anti-Muslim messages on social media.

February 10, 2019 - 1:28 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A Plum school board member has resigned after posting posting insensitive material on his Facebook page. 

Brian Wiesnieski re-posted a remark about Muslims in Congress on Facebook.  He said it was accidentally re-posted and the post has since been deleted.

The post in question featured a man holding a gun with an American flag in the background. Written on the photo were the words: “Does it worry anybody that we have three devout Muslims in Congress who have unlimited access to our top secret government documents?”

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The Plum School District accepted Weisneiski’s resignation and released a statement condemning the message in the Facebook post.

“…the Plum Borough School District vigorously disagreed with, and condemned, the Facebook content that was re-posted on a former Board member’s personal account.  We did so in the strongest possible terms.  Today, we validated those words by accepting the resignation of Mr. Wisniewski, and also passing a resolution censuring his actions and resolving that all students, employees, and members of our community have the right to expect that they will be treated with respect, dignity, and tolerance.

This District has made tremendous strides and we will not allow this unfortunate incident to deter us on our relentless path to excellence and the critical work of exceptionally preparing our students for success.”

Wisniewski, a 31-year veteran, KDKA Radio’s Marty Griffin and Wendy Bell earlier in the week about the incident.  

“I sometimes get out of control and just share posts of other people that are on my timeline and I guess in my haste on Friday I was sharing posts . .. and the post that caused all this trouble is one of the ones that I not intentionally, or did not have any malice and it got shared in with . . . the 15 or 20 others I shared right away,” said Wisniewski.

Wisniewski said to KDKA Radio that he never could of imagined the blowback he had received.

“The last 24 hours has just been . . . my world is upside down, I’m being labeled and my belief system, my values, my attitude . . . because of this one post all of that is being called into question,” said Wisniewski. “This one post is not a reflection of who I am, what I represent or what I stand for personally.”

“Once you get a label like that, how do you come back from that? That’s not who I am.”